Sunday brunch isn’t complete without a cocktail! Don’t worry, I am about to teach you just how to make a classic mimosa cocktail that is going to be a hit for every adult at the table. Yes, even the men at your brunch table are going to ask for this sometimes “girly” drink. The simple combination of orange juice and champagne is the ideal way to celebrate a time-honored weekend meal.
The Best Ever Mimosa
Whether I am going out for brunch with my girlfriends, or I am hosting a special weekend brunch with family, a mimosa is always on my menu. It is that little splurge that just feels like I’ve given myself something extra. Pouring the kids orange or apple juice, and making my husband a cup of coffee is a must, but my own treat comes with that little mixture of sparkling champagne and orange juice is definitely a priority.
While I rarely drink alcohol, this mixture is one I always enjoy next to my favorite eggs benedict or a nice loaded omelet. I am positive this is going to become your go-to drink to serve guests at Easter brunch, baby showers, bridal showers, and girls weekends.
What is the Best Champagne for Mimosas?
You can truly use anything from a simple sparkling wine like a Cava or Prosecco to the most expensive Dom Perignon. That said, you do not actually have to use champagne. There is nothing fancy needed, but you can choose any preferred sparkling wine or champagne to mix with your orange juice.
The best thing about this drink is that you can use a lower quality sparkling wine and still create a delicious beverage. It’s the quality of the orange juice that I find to be more important when making my mimosas. While I will purchase basic champagne when serving guests, I keep Prosecco on hand most of the time and often turn to it for a quick mimosa with Sunday brunch.
Can Mimosas Get You Drunk?
A single mimosa isn’t likely to make you drunk. However, multiple mimosas over a short period of time can definitely create a buzz and depending upon your ability to hold alcohol, it can cause drunkenness.
For this reason, I typically allow myself one with my breakfast or brunch and then move to straight orange juice or a cup of coffee. If you want a bit of the sparkling wine flavor, you can cut the ratio to 1 part orange juice and 1/2 part champagne instead.
If serving mimosas for guests at an event, I recommend cutting the ratio as well to make it easier for guests to enjoy the drinks, but less likely to drink too much.
How Much Champagne Goes Into a Mimosa?
A traditional mimosa is made with equal parts of champagne and orange juice. In a typical champagne flute, you can add up to 6 ounces, but I would recommend using a 2-ounce pour of each.
If you are using a jigger for measuring, 1 jigger of each is a nice portion and easy to measure. Once you’ve made a few, you can easily eyeball the amounts added to your glass. Of course, you don’t have to serve in a champagne flute, but it does make this a bit easier to portion.
Can You Make This Non-Alcoholic?
Yes! In fact, we almost always keep a sparkling seltzer or even sparkling juice on hand to mix for a kid-friendly drink. It makes the kids feel grown-up and is totally safe for them to drink.
Just pick a nice sparkling seltzer, non-alcoholic sparkling wine, or a flavored sparkling juice to mix with your orange juice.
Variations of This Drink
While the classic is orange juice and champagne, there are many variations that I enjoy just as much. I may be a bit picky about having fresh-squeezed orange juice, but that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to try different options to really kick my drink up a bit.
- Mix 1 part champagne with 1/2 part orange juice and 1/2 part cranberry juice for a holiday mimosa.
- Raspberry syrup mixed in also adds a nice refreshing berry flavor.
- Fresh strawberry lemonade is another citrus drink that can work for a mimosa for a fun summertime choice.
- Apple cider with champagne makes a fall-flavored mimosa that is delicious. A sprinkle of cinnamon adds an extra touch to this drink.
- Mango nectar in place of orange juice is an excellent choice with a nice plate of huevos rancheros.
- The ultimate in dessert drink comes when you mix pineapple juice, champagne, and a bit of heavy cream for a creamy version of an adult “Dole Whip”. Kick it up another notch by replacing the cream with coconut cream for a pina colada flavor.
- Beermosas are another idea for those who don’t care for champagne or sparkling wine. Just substitute a favorite beer.
How to Make a Classic Mimosa
There is truly no drink easier than this. Simply pour 2 ounces of champagne into a champagne flute and allow the bubbles to dissipate.
Next, pour your 2 ounces of orange juice in and stir if desired.
Add in a shot of other fruit syrup or flavored liqueur if desired.
- 2 oz. Orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 2 oz. Champagne
- Pour 2 ounces champagne or sparkling wine into a champagne flute and allow the bubbles to dissipate for a few seconds;
- Next, pour in your 2 ounces of orange juice (or other juice);
- If desired, add an addition of fruit syrup, liquor, or frozen fruit.
Check out our list of variations for different ways to update your mimosa!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g
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